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Dec 5, 2013

Android 4.4.1 KitKat Brings Great Camera Enhancements to Nexus 5

Google has been rumored lately to be working on a new flavor of its Android operating system, one that would arrive on devices as an upgrade for the Android 4.4 KitKat OS release, and some more details on the matter are now available.

Apparently, the new platform release is set to roll out to devices out there in a matter of days, and it will bring along a nice range of camera enhancements, a recent article on The Verge reads. The OS upgrade will land as Android 4.4.1 KitKat, the same version that was spotted in server logs over the past several days. Following the update, owners of Nexus 5 devices should enjoy a much better experience when it comes to snapping photos with their devices, at least this is what Dave Burke, Google's director of Engineering for Android, reportedly explains. One of the improvements included in the update are related to autofocus, it seems. Nexus 5 comes with Optical Image Stabilization and can shoot appealing photos in low-light conditions, but it is a bit laggy in good lighting.

Thus, Android 4.4.1 will improve the camera speed by ensuring that it can read its surroundings fast, which results in better autofocus, exposure, and white balance. The contrast on photos has been modified as well, it seems. The camera app is said to be faster in the new platform release, and to bring along a new progress indicator in HDR+ mode. Other UI changes are also planned to be included in the camera UI in the not too distant future. Users will enjoy clearer photos even when shooting objects on the move, as the camera snaps images much faster than before. According to The Verge, taking more photos in a row will be easier after the update.

On the downside, however, is the fact that photos might appear as over-processed sometimes, and that focusing in low light is a bit slow. However, the app should receive more tune-ups soon, and this might be improved as well.

Nexus 5
Image credits to Google


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